Settings for users under 16 were changed to private by default by TikTok earlier in 2020 to protect young users.
Former UK children's commissioner Anne Longfield has sued TikTok for sharing children's data on behalf of millions of children in the UK and Europe. The lawsuit was launched after a high court ruling in December last year allowed the case to proceed with its original plaintiff, a 12-year-old girl from London.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs argue that TikTok took data without providing adequate notice, disclosure, or the legally necessary consent. Further, the lawyers claim children or parents were held in the dark about the data use.
TikTok denies the accusations, stating "the claims lack merit" and plans to "vigorously defend the action". A TikTok spokesperson said the company has stringent policies, procedures, and technology in place to protect all users.
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